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    Mooney, Wednesday February 19th 2014

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    On Mooney today...

    We hear about the woman who was buried in a coffin with her favourite brand of coffee emblazoned on the side – is such advertising in bad taste? And comedian Conal Gallen joins us for a chat and some laughs!

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    Meeting The Pope

    Derek is a bit peeved that singer Nicole Scherzinger got to meet the Pope this week, as he explains why to Brenda...

    Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

    To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

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    Advertising On Coffins

    We've spoken before on the show about coffins. Some people want to be buried in opulent mahogany caskets with plush lining, some want a cardboard box, some want biodegradable coffins and some want to simply be wrapped in a cloth before being lowered into the ground.

    But one of the most unusual coffins we've ever seen was featured in the newspapers on Monday. The wooden coffin is burgundy and features the white logo of 'Costa Coffee' on the side.

    The words 'one shot, extra hot skinny latte' are written on the side of the coffin, the drink of choice of the deceased woman, Karen Lloyd from Swindon in the UK

    Well it got us thinking... is this bad taste? Are there some places that should be sacred and advertising-free? Where are the most 'unusual' places you have come across advertising?! You can text your views to 51551, tweet @MooneyShow or e-mail mooney@rte.ie.

    For more on this, we're joined in studio by Michael Cullen, who is the Editor of Marketing Magazine, and by Jonathan Stafford, who is the Managing Director of Staffords Funeral Directors, and is a third-generation undertaker.

    The company who made the Costa coffin are called Colourful Coffins, and they are based in England. Here are some more examples of their work:

     

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    Conal Gallen's Bit On The Side

    We're going to lighten the mood and have some fun with a good, old fashioned gag man! The last time Conal Gallen was on the show, two years ago, he took part in our attempt to set a world record for the most jokes in a minute.

    Conal Gallen

    Conal Gallen told 17 jokes, which was only two less than the official Guinness world record which was set by Liverpudlian, Sean Styles. Well Conal's one man show A Bit On The Side is in the Olympia on Saturday, March 1st, so we've invited him in today to brighten the mood in studio!

    For more information on A Bit On The Side, visit www.olympia.ie/whats-on/a-bit-on-the-side-starring-conal-gallen.

    How To Become A Child Star!

    Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.

    You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.

    Then e-mail your entry to mooney@rte.ie, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.

    Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie

     

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